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On The Strip: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails—and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.


One beauty trend that I absolutely love is nail strips. Birchbox wanted to expose our subscribers to this cool new polish method so we sampled Incoco Nail Strips in this month’s box. These nifty strips make a manicure super easy and mess-free, especially if you’re someone on the go. I’m a member of the Ops Team and one question we’re getting from some of our subscribers is how to tone down these funky appliques. So I decided to come up with a few ways that you can rock these patterns without being over-the-top!

1)   Status Nail: One of my favorite ways to jazz up a manicure is to do a status nail. I usually rock a status nail on both of my ring fingers when I have a neutral polish on and want to add something glittery or different. This month, I received bright blue glitter strips in my box, which I absolutely love. I was already wearing Zoya Minka from the Touch Collection and spiced up my mani with this fun glitzy addition. One of my favorite fashionistas, Vanessa Hudgens, rocks this type of mani all the time on the red carpet!

2)Matte Finish: Another favorite of mine, which you will be seeing a lot of in the fall, is a matte polish finish. For those of you with cheetah prints or glitter, I highly recommend swiping a top coat of clear matte polish over your strips. This will make them look a little less flashy and I must say that I tried this over my blue glitter strips and loved the results.

3)Toes: If you’re hesitant to put your strips on your hands why not try your toes? It’s a great way to test this trend to see if it’s right for you. Plus, with zero drying time, you can give yourself a pedicure and then put on your fall boots, no problem.

Loving your Incoco strips? Have you tried any cool tricks with them yet?

For more tips on how to apply these nail strips, check out this great how-to video here!